Sunday, April 02, 2006

Spring Wind

I was positively exhausted last night and slept as hard as I can remember, well past my usual rising hour. But turning over at least once in the early morning dark, I lay listening to the sounds of birds. I love spring. The other day, upon returning from work to find that my crocuses had popped up, I nearly cried with relief.

When I finally got up, ground my coffee, and stepped outside to get my Sunday paper, I thought this would be a slow day. I needed it to be, but as usual, we spent it grocery shopping, cooking, doing homework. We did get to the park to enjoy the warm -- warm! -- breezes, play on the slides, check on the turtles. We knocked around with the neighbors a bit, and right now, with full bellies, the kids are back outside for one last hurrah before I pull the plug.

But it's hard to resist the glory of spring and these first few warm days. The kids and I will sleep extra hard again tonight, after our day of fresh air -- how I love to have the windows and screen doors open when I'm cooking.

Last night just before bed, I heard on WKSU a song I hadn’t listened to in a while. It’s by Greg Brown, a genuine troubadour who looks more like he repairs Harleys and fishes up in the UP than writes the most beautiful love songs and craziest story songs you’ve ever heard. I entreat you to check him out, and provide this beautiful song to tease you.

I hope wherever you may be that Spring Wind catches you for a while today.

Spring Wind
By Greg Brown
First released on Dream Café

I lived awhile without you,
darn near half my life.
I no longer see our unborn children,
Run to you my unwed wife.
But yesterday I had a vision,
beneath the tree where we once talked,
of an old couple burning
their love letters so their children
won't be shocked.

Love calls like the wild birds--
it's another day.
A Spring wind blew my list of
things to do away.

My friends are gettin’ older,
so I guess I must be too.
Without their loving kindness,
I don't know what I'd do.
Oh the wine bottle's half empty--
the money's all spent.
And we're a cross between our parents
and hippies in a tent.

[repeat chorus]

In a mucked up lovely river,
I cast my little fly.
I look at that river and smell it
and it makes me wanna cry.
Oh to clean our dirty planet,
now there's a noble wish,
and I'm puttin my shoulder to the wheel
'cause I wanna catch some fish.

[repeat chorus]

Children go to sleep now--
you know it's gettin' late.
I know you don't like to miss nothin'
and school ain't that great.
Oh, I'll dance with you when you're happy,
and hold you when you're sad,
and hope you know how glad I am,
just to be you're Dad.

[repeat chorus]

Darlin' it's been a hard go
but I think we'll be okay.
I know I say that all the time
like everything else I say.
Oh, I've been gone so often,
but every time I miss you,
and I don't really know nothin',
Except I like to kiss you.

[repeat chorus]


At April 03, 2006 7:24 AM, Blogger littleblackcube said...

Yesterday was the first day that it really smelled like spring here and after all the rain we had last week, overnight everything has bloomed. I often wonder why I stay in a place with long winters, when the gloom and dreariness wears on me so? How hard would it be to move to San Francisco, where it is perpetually spring? Or Tucson where it is always summer? Maybe I need that cycle and 4 distinct seasons to help me mark the time?

Thanks for checking out my blog, and your kind comments, it helps to have an encouraging word now and then. I appreciate your voice in writing and your taste in music. You find a way to capture life, in all it's messy, real glory and I find it encouraging that you notice, enjoy and write about the small treasures in life like flowers and good sleep. There are times when it feels like no one else writes about things that aren't broad and glossy, but everyday things have value too.
I am still struggling to find a way to incorporate live music into my blog without stepping on any copyright toes, fair use is such a slippery thing to define. I am torn between live365 and Mercora at the moment, you should check 'em out. I'd love to hear the songs in your blog, while I read about them.

At April 03, 2006 6:27 PM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Hello, LBC--
Welcome and thanks for stopping by! Wow, I envy you the smell of spring -- we're not quite there yet, and I'm afraid tonight my crocuses are going to croak under the predicted snow. Sometimes I think I'd miss the four seasons too, but the truth is in Cleveland many of us spend half the year slogging through winter and the other half dreading it. So I'm already down to two seasons...what am I waiting for?!

Adding "soundtrack" to FTLOB is definitely my goal, I just need to improve my technology. Your blog inspired me to check out live365 -- very cool. Still I live in fear that I'll get busted, offend an artist I really like, or that my blog will suddenly become so popular I'll have to quit my day job. Ok, that last one? Not so much.

Visit again!

At April 04, 2006 7:31 AM, Blogger littleblackcube said...

OK. Cleveland doesn;t sound that great if there is still a chance of snow. It's April already, enough with the snow. There are 4 very distinct seasons here -- winter spring tornado and fall. Guess there is a price to pay no matter where you live?

I have done quite a bit of research on copyright law in regard to music online, and both of those sites I listed fall within an acceptable legal definition of fair use. But I enjoy all that technical stuff -- putting a radio station together is involved, and it does take a lot of time.

At April 05, 2006 7:17 AM, Blogger Mando Mama said...

Hey LBC,
Well, we got our snow last night. It was just enough to make things look like a Christmas card and so it was almost pleasant. I take this as evidence of my declining mental health.

I can certainly see myself easily spending hours every day building live365 or something station-like. But at the same time, it's probably the closest I'll come to "presenting" until I change my current situation, so it would likely be very valuable time spent. Connectivity stands in the way at the moment, but once I'm over that hurdle, I hope to get it moving. The tech side is just another part of the self-directed learning process, or so I figure. Glad you're out there, and hoping you'll share some of the benefit of your experience!


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